The story of how Adam Carolla met Jimmy Kimmel goes right through my office. It was my job to be the gatekeeper who had to keep Adam at bay while Jimmy and others decided how they would proceed with their idea for a boxing match.
A tip via Twitter informed me that Adam told the story of his early days at KROQ on a recent podcast. One of his guests was Matt “Money” Smith, who worked there as a phone screener at the time. It was interesting to hear their side of the story, especially when Adam said he originally intended to be the boxing coach for Michael the Maintenance Man, not Jimmy. Once he was paired with Jimmy, Adam’s goal was to win him over with comedy. He made a point that they were all peons and couldn’t have predicted their future success.
Adam joked that I would order Jimmy to empty the trash and get me a fresh newspaper. Adam says they all disliked me, which I didn’t know at the time since I was caught up in my own idiosyncrasies. Adam and Matt couldn’t remember which employee “discovered” Boogerman, a homeless guy who performed parody songs and eventually got hired as an overnight deejay. It was me, at a St. Patrick’s Day remote broadcast. Boogerman made me laugh with his version of the Lucky Charms jingle.
The language in the podcast is definitely NSFW, unless you happen to work in the sales office for Glengarry Glen Ross.